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Prior to our October meeting, some of our members met during our “open sew” time to work on the charity quilt we are creating for QuiltCon 2019. For those of you not familiar with the concept, the Modern Quilt Guild issues a charity quilt challenge for every QuiltCon. The National MQG assigns the color palette and theme, then each participating member or guild needs to come up with the design, piece it, and quilt it. This year’s theme was tiny piecing, and the palette (shown below) was decidedly pastel.
This year, Tina Craig led our team in not only the design of our quilt, but also in the production on Saturday. It’s always a fun morning when people come together for a good cause… especially when it involves sewing… am I right?!
Special thanks to Lil for taking photos during our sewing time!
For the first six months of the year, members exchanged flying geese blocks. Each month we were to bring a certain amount of geese, made from modern Kona colors with gray backgrounds. Some of us participated every month, and some of us only participated a few times. But no matter how many blocks you had, all the reveals were amazing and unique! I think that the statement heard most was, “I can’t believe how different everyone’s reveal is…” And it’s true!
See for yourself…
See? So many unique, beautiful interpretations!
And now, all together…
Rumor has it, we still have some reveals coming. Can’t wait to see what people bring in over the next few months…
For quilters who have thought about entering a quilt in a show but weren't sure what to expect, RIMQG member
Tina Martiniano Craig
provided a practice run—and it was practice for both the quilters and herself. She judged 35 member quilts as part of the process to become a certified quilt judge.
Tina provided feedback on each quilt and awarded "ribbons" for best in several categories. She explained how judges approach each quilt, what they look for, and how they score the quilt's design and technical presentation. She also answered many questions from members.
Below are the winning quilts. (Not pictured: Best Visual Impact: "314 Meadow Lane" by Sue Ahnrud; Best Embellishment: "Blue Ballerina" by Lil Sklenarik; Best Longarm Quilting: "Himalayan Poppy" by Sue Ahnrud.)
Best Original Design:
"City Girls Country Life" by Christine Conrad Lane
Best Use of Color:
"Little Houses on the Hillside" by Christine Conrad Lane
"Eat Your Veggies" by Suellen Franze
"French Roses" by Suellen Franze
Best Hand Stitching:
"Mon Ami" by Denise Nilsen
Best Domestic Quilting AND Best Edge Finish:
"Small Talk Stinks" by Alice Cooper
Best Scrap Quilt AND Best of Show:
"Lollapalooza" by Suellen Franze
"One Hot Mess" by Alice Cooper
Since the library closes at 1 p.m. in the summer, there will be no regular meeting in July. Open Sew will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hayden Center Room 3. Sue Ahnrud will lead a workshop on making improv name tags for anyone who would like to participate.
The August meeting will be a summer picnic! Time and place to be announced.
Members were inspired to organize their sewing spaces with Denise Lamb's presentation that was chock-full of ideas and tips. Denise, a professional organizer, shared dozens of photos of spaces she has organized for clients as well as ideas for furniture, storage containers and design walls, even upcycling everyday containers like plastic lettuce boxes. Her presentation was a real treat.
Member Show & Tell
At the April meeting, member Maria Lage demonstrated her technique for framing small quilt tops. She brought many samples to show, and all were stunning.
We saw many beautiful new quilts during the show & tell part of the meeting.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI
New room this month: Hayden Center Room #3
(Drive around to the back of the library;
enter through the Hayden
Member Trunk Show: Alice Cooper
and Judy Blackadar
Alice and Judy will show some of their work and talk about their quilting
New room this month: Hayden Center Room #3
enter through the Hayden Center entrance.)
Member Trunk Show: Alice Cooper and Judy Blackadar
Extended Show & Tell
2018 Board Election
- President: Kathy Graves
- Vice President: Jackie Baddeley
- Secretary: Suellen Franze
- Treasurer: Lill Sklenarik
- Member at Large: Sue Ahnrud
Charity Project: Crafty Cop Quilt Blocks
Next up, the much anticipated reveal of the HST challenge! It was so much fun to see everyone's unique take on the project. The creativity and talent was incredibly inspiring.
Finally, member show & tell!